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Literary: correspondence with consultants and others on "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples", L-Z., Oct 1949 - Jul 1962

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/28A-B

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Correspondents include: Alan Hodge (5); Emmet Hughes [Special European Correspondent, Life Magazine]; Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine] (17); Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor] (17); Walter Graebner [London representative of Time-Life International] (3); Daniel Longwell [former editor of Life Magazine] (2); representatives of Cassell and Company including director Desmond Flower (6); John McClelland of McClelland and Stewart Limited, publishers (4); Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall; Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] (2); Jo Sturdee [later Lady Onslow, former secretary of WSC] (2); Wolston Weld-Forester; Steven Watson; Charles Wood on proof reading and payment for his work (67). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Doreen Pugh, Gillian Maturin, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Anthony Montague Browne, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Grace Hamblin, and Anne Hipwell; Prime Minister's Private Secretary John Colville; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph] and Andrew Heiskell [publisher of Life magazine].Subjects covered by the file include: matters concerning the Life serialisation, including photographing WSC and WSC's payment; matters concerning production of the history, including the structure of the volumes, the preface, publication dates, and comments on proofs; other foreign and serial rights and Reves' role; discussion of matters arising from the history, including General George McClellan and Napoleon; Canadian royalties; comments on the history including errors found; WSC providing signed copies; sales figures; WSC's entitlement to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize.Also includes: draft memorandum on rights in the book; summaries of volumes 2 to 4 and details of chapters; Photostats of pages from galley proofs; copies of "The Elizabethan Age" by John Neale and "The Witan Meets at Canterbury [Kent]" by Gordon Ward; material from R Oldenbourg [publishers], Munich [Germany]; drafts of preface; cuttings from the Bookseller; a Swedish stamp.


  • Oct 1949 - Jul 1962

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2 file(s) (2 files (383 loose folios))

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